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beATL is your companion, your friend.  beATL is your guide to all Belgian-related events in and around Atlanta.

But beATL is also you.  You and your family.  You and your Belgian friends.  So if you would like to do something with your fellow compatriots, just send me the logistical info, and beATL will publish it for you and handle the RSVPs.  It can be anything and it doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of work:  just grab an idea from all the events around you and make the call …

Here is  an example: you want to bring your family to the fabulous display of Christmas Lights at the Botanical Garden in Atlanta in December (could be January too) …  Why not team up with other Belgian families who would probably want to do the same … Pick a date and time and let beATL make the announcements for you … Every single family will purchase their tickets in advance (or at the ticket window on the day) so you don’t have to deal with money … Just be at the meeting point to welcome your peers, and enjoy the lights!  How simple is that??

Here are some simple ideas for families: walk with or without picnic, a movie night, a haunted house, a day at Six Flags, peek at the zoo, fun at Snow Mountain, Atlanta streetcar … And for adults: a Segway tour, a visit to the Center of Civil and Human Rights, bond with a mummy, Atlanta Movie Tour, drive a Porsche, dance lessons, bowling…

Or course, you could also organize a wine tasting evening, a themed party, an automobile rally, a treasure hunt, a canoe trip,… which all require a little bit more organization but ask a friend to help you and it will be all fun for all!

What are you waiting for???   Contact beATL and let’s schedule something and have an exciting beATL-Time!

 

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Young Professionals networking drinks | 10/24/2017


Mix and mingle with Young Professionals peers of the German, Belgian, British, Swedish, Finnish and Dutch business community for this first joint networking drinks, organized by our local chambers of commerce – including our own.  This is a great opportunity to expand your network… that is if you are under 40 years old!  You will also get a guided tour of Orpheus Brewery’s 16,000 square foot facility!  Don’t forget to register!

LOGISTICS

  • When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 rom 6 – 8 pm
  • Where: Orpheus Brewery | 440 Dutch Valley Pl NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
  • Event Fee: $10 (one beer & guided tour included)
  • Hosts: The Netherlands, German, Finnish, Swedish and Belgian  American Chambers of Commerce & the British American Business Council
  • Registration is a must.

Belgian THIRSTday | 10/5/2017


To celebrate October, let’s revisit The Brass Tap, the sports bar owned by French citizen Samy.  This festive pub offers a myriad of beer options – over 300 craft beers from around the globe – and has a nicely-loaded wine cellar.

This bar could be a serious option for coming Belgian soccer games!

Logistics

  • When – Thursday October 5th, 2017 from 7 pm
  • Where –  4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road in the Park Place Shopping Center across the street from Perimeter Mall | (770) 557-0232.   Easiest access is through the path left of McKendrick’s Steak House.
  • Parking – ample free parking or valet parking.
  • RSVP – a simple yea or a nay would be nice ..

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Farewell Wim | 9/5/2017


Wim Van Cauteren and his lovely wife Luciana have been beATLe fans as soon as beATL started its journey in June 2014.  For sure we will miss seeing them around!

Wim has been appointed as Trade Commissioner for Flanders & Brussels in Mexico-City where he will work at the Belgian Embassy.  There are a lot of economic links between the US and Mexico which has adopted a lot of American business practices while keeping its Latin flavor.   Also Mexico has, apart from Brazil, the largest economy in Latin-America offering many unexplored opportunities that Wim is excited about.

Luciana and Wim are fluent in Spanish, making the move to such a beautiful country even more attractive; they are both really looking forward to live there.

Wim started working for Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) in June 1998.   His first posting was Riyadh in Saudi Arabia; that was followed by a 7-year stay in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  After Argentina, he went back to Brussels for 2 1/2 years – at FIT’s headquarters, and since 2012, Atlanta became their new home.

His main activities is to give support to Flemish & Brussels export companies, that want to expand into the (Southern) USA.  On the other hand, he also detects US companies that want to cross the Atlantic and invest in Europe which explains why you could see him at numerous conferences, events and exhibitions.

He was also the co-organizer of three large trade missions in his jurisdiction: two Flemish-Dutch trade missions (one to Houston, TX and one to Atlanta, GA) and one Belgian Economic Mission to Texas.

What he loves about his job is getting positive feedback from Belgian and local companies, industry associations and government representatives but the icing on the cake is when a company secures a contract thanks to his introduction!

Wim will never forget the day and night of January 28 in 2014 when a snow and ice storm hit Atlanta!  Here is his story: ‘that night we were organizing a reception for Belgian businessmen that participated at the International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, so we could not leave the office early.  We left the office at 11 PM thinking that by that time the highways would be clear. Wrong ! I-75 north was still clogged with cars and there was a complete stand still. We got off the freeway, but we got lost somewhere in midtown and we feared we would have to overnight in our car with freezing temperatures outside. Luckily a Good Samaritan found us and was so nice to give us a ride back to my office in downtown Atlanta. At the office, we had to make a makeshift bed, made of tapestries and old carpets, but we were so happy that we didn’t have to sleep in the car.’

He will always enjoy and feel proud with the headline on the VRT (Flemish Public Television) news that stated that the first joint Flemish-Dutch economic mission in Houston, TX was a success. After several months of preparation, it was very rewarding.

If you ask Wim about his personal best moments in Atlanta, he will tell you about the Sun Dial restaurant in the Westin-hotel downtown where he had a birthday dinner with Luciana … but what made it very special is that on that rainy day, the view was nonexistent giving them the impression of having dinner in the clouds.   And the Belgian beers at the Brick Store Pub will remain a very good souvenir.

His last day in Atlanta is on September 15 … and no, the name of his successor is not known yet.   Check the blog again soon.

Join Flanders Investment & Trade and the Belgian American Chamber of the South on Tuesday, September 5th, so you too can thank Wim for all the great work he has done in the Southeast, wish him all the best on his new mission in Mexico and say goodbye to this super nice couple.

Logistics

  • When: Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 from 6.30 – 8.30 pm
  • Where: Burr & Forman LLP171 17th Street Northwest – 11th floor, Atlanta, GA 30363
  • RSVP by Sept 1st, 2017

Belgian THIRSTday | 9/7/2017


Guess what is coming up?  Our fabulous Belgian THIRSTday!  Yes, September is pointing its little nose and we will meet at Under the Cork Tree in Sandy Springs.  Under the Cork Tree is a stylish spot for tapas & Mediterranean entrees, plus global wine  … it sounds very ‘wine-y’ but Stella, trappist, and several interesting locals are available to satisfy us.  This time around, a bePHLer will make a special appearance expecting to see many!

Logistics

  • When: Thursday September 7th, 2017 from 7 pm
  • Where: Under the Cork Tree | 5600 Roswell Rd NE #2, Sandy Springs, GA 30342 | Meet our crowd in the bar area.
  • Parking: The Prado has plenty of free parking
  • RSVP – please RSVP as we need to give a headcount this time!

After Work Summer Networking Drink | 8/10/2017


Mix and mingle with members of the Belgian, British, Swedish and Dutch business communities at their joint Chamber of Commerce After Work Summer Networking Drink.  Take the opportunity to expand your network and enjoy an evening of friendly exchange over drinks and some complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

Logistics

  • When: Thursday August 10th 2017 from 6-8 pm
  • Where: Gordon Biersch Buckhead | 3242 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305
  • Parking: free
  • Registration: please RSVP

 

Belgian THIRSTday | 8/3/2017


It’s not the first time that beATL is taking you to the magnificent Ponce City Market.  Officially known as the Barrel Room Restaurant and Wine Bar, The City Winery has a very large area at the bar with lots of standing room, high-top tables, standard seating and large outdoor patio and is excited to accommodate our group on Thursday August 3rd, from 7 pm.  Meet us UPSTAIRS, above ABV which entrance is to the left of Binder’s Art Supplies!

The City Winery has a nice menu for snacks and food, and even though it is wine-centric there is an adequate beer selection, including Palm…

Logistics

  • When – Thursday August 3rd, 2017 –  from 7 pm
  • Where – Barrel Room Restaurant and Wine Bar or The City Winery @ Ponce City Market | 650 North Ave NE, Ste 201, Atlanta, GA, 30308
  • Parking – The City Winery recommends parking on Glen Iris Drive, between Ponce De Leon Ave and North Ave NE.  PCM has a huge parking lot: Pay Upon Arrival and remember your number plate! Parking can be paid with the so-easy-to-use Parkmobile App [users, enter 222 as your Zone Number] or via normal means of payment (credit, debit or exact cash $1, $5 or $10 – no change). First 30 min = $1.00 + $1.00 per additional 30 min | 4 – 8 hours is $10.00.   PCM is donating the first $1 from every parking session to the Atlanta BeltLine project. There is also Valet Parking at $8.00 for up to 4 hours.
  • MARTA – the North Avenue MARTA station is 1.5 mile away, at the corner of W. Peachtree St NW or by bike: complimentary bike valet available at the beltline entrance.
  • RSVP – even if no coming, please.

Belgian THIRSTday | 07/06/2017


Back to a big ‘classic’: Fado Irish Pub in Buckhead . There may be a soccer game on that night, and if not y’ll will still have a good time!  Meet beATLe fans from 7 pm for a sip or some nibble … or both!

Please courtesy RSVP … even if not coming!

Logistics

  • When – Thursday July 6th, 2017 –  from 7 pm
  • Where – FADO IRISH PUB – BUCKHEAD | 273 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta, GA 30305 | (404) 841-0066
  • Parking – $7 valet, metered parking, next door public self parking or for free parking: use the parking garage (BA Complex across the street from the pub) up to 3 hours for $0 if  you ask for your validation sticker from your server or bartender [3-5 hours = $8].  Do NOT park in the library parking lot next to us unless there is an attendant present. You will be booted.
  • RSVP – even if no coming, please.

Belgian THIRSTday | 06/01/2017


 

The June edition will take place at the new Terrapin Taproom at The Battery Atlanta, adjacent to SunTrust Park {and no, the Braves won’t be playing!]. This combination restaurant, bar and brewery is already a popular destination.  The menu features Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q favorites, including smoked brisket, pork and chicken!  Terrapin’s ATL Brew Lab, located next to the restaurant and bar, is home to a five-barrel pilot brewery.

Logistics

  • When: Thursday June 1st, 2017 from 7 pm
  • Where: 755 Battery Avenue S.E., Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30339 |  404-494-1202 [located outside the right field gate entrance]
  • Parking: Red parking (Hyundai) is free for 4 hours.  Take entrance on Circle 74 Parkway and go to red parking.  From there, a short walk to the  restaurant area.
  • Curtesy RSVP is kindly requested

you said French? | 5/27/2017


On Saturday May 27th, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is performing an all-French program at the Atlanta Symphony Hall. The concert will feature pieces by Debussy, Jolivet and Fauré with Christina Smith performing Jolivet’s Flute Concerto and will be followed by a post-concert reception with the artists.

The event is sponsored by Francophonie Atlanta, so in order to get the best price, please enter the promo code “FRANCO” when booking tickets.

Logistics

  • When: Saturday May 27th, 2017 @ 8 pm
  • Where: Atlanta Symphony Hall @ The Woodruff Arts Center | 1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
  • Parking & Directions
  • More info and tickets